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Merindol

 
Departement of Vaucluse - Luberon - Pop.: 2.000 h.

Situé in 18 km au Sud Est in Cavaillon par la D973.

Merindol - Square


Situated 18 km south-east of Luberon on the southern border of the Vaucluse and the Bouches du Rhône. The village which is 200 metres above sea-level can contemplate the vast plain of the Durance right across to the gentle hills that hem in its southern limit.

Merindol has remained up to the present day the village that symbolises the repression of the Waldensians. Though it was totally destroyed in 1545, the villagers were able to miraculously escape slaughter by taking refuge in the mountains.

Merindol - Bell tower


Over the centuries, the village perched on high known as the "the town" was abandoned little by little in favour of "Les Bastides" just below it, where the town is currently located. All that is left of the old castrum are two wall sections.

These small relics watch over the Waldensian memorial. The headquarters of the Assocation for Waldensian and Historical Studies of the Luberon are located here. From this hill you will discover a superb panoramic view of the Durance.


Merindol - Street

In the village numerous buildings testify to its historical past. It is not rare to find chronograms from the 17th and 18th century on some facades here and beautiful country houses.

Losing yourself in its narrow streets, you will come upon the church of Sainte Anne dating from the 17th century. It has a "Saracen dome" bell tower that is unique in the region, and has earned it a place on the additional inventory of historical monuments.

Merindol - Church




The plain has long been the economic heart of Merindol. Irrigated by the waters of the Durance, it produces an abundance of white and red fruit, the well-known melons and vegetables of the four seasons that can be found on the famous Cavaillon markets.


What to see:

The ruins of the former castrum with the Waldensian Memorial.
The church of Sainte Anne with its Saracen dome bell tower.
The olive oil mill.



Leisure activities:

Walking, bicycle touring and mountain-biking.
Tennis, fishing, botanical trail, climbing.
Cinema theatre.



Accommodation:

Bed and breakfast.
Holiday rentals.



Neighbouring villages:

Puget sur Durance (5 km), Lauris (9 km), Lourmarin (13,5 km).







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